Dining Halls Go Gluten-FreeThursday May 3, 2012
Lindsey Schnitt is a senior at Pennsylvania State University, and was diagnosed with celiac disease during her senior year of high school. Although at first it was difficult adjusting simultaneously to college life and a new way of eating, the Penn State food services team went above and beyond to help her facilitate that transition. "[On my first day] I met with dining services, had a tour of the dining hall, and was able to purchase some of my own food and keep my own box in the cafeteria....And, within my first two semesters of freshman year, they had gotten me my own dedicated fryer, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, pizza, you name it. Anything I asked for, the school got it for me."
"By my junior year, there started to be a little reaction on campus where now all of the dining halls have food available for you, and if you call ahead they will make you anything you want to eat."
Schnitt explained, "Penn State really takes being compliant with the ADA regulations to the next level, which I think means more than anything."